Fyodor Dostoyevsky quote about desire from Notes from Underground - Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.
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Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.
 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground (1864). copy citation

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Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Source Notes from Underground
Topic desire idealism
Date 1864
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/600/600-h/600-h.htm

Context

“I know, anyway, that I will not be put off with a compromise, with a recurring zero, simply because it is consistent with the laws of nature and actually exists. I will not accept as the crown of my desires a block of buildings with tenements for the poor on a lease of a thousand years, and perhaps with a sign-board of a dentist hanging out. Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you. You will say, perhaps, that it is not worth your trouble; but in that case I can give you the same answer. We are discussing things seriously; but if you won't deign to give me your attention, I will drop your acquaintance.” source

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